Barack Hussein Obama held his first press conference in almost a year yesterday, answering only 10 questions in one hour, but illustrating just how thin-skinned and not in charge he is.
Weasel Zippers has a great breakdown of the presser: his usual "it's Bush's fault" moment, attacking Sarah Palin, stonewalling about Sestakgate, the Arizona boycotts, and his best Jimmy Carter impression.
The Won actually had the gall to take a swipe at Americans who are frustrated at his lack of response to the oil spill: “Those who think we were slow in our response or lacked urgency don’t know the facts.”
This is a little man who cannot lead and shows the nation and the world how insecure and in-over-his-head he really is. I supposed if I were Glenn Beck, I could use another 12 step recovery terminology and point to Obama as an example of what recovering alcoholics call "an egomaniac with an inferiority complex."
Sarah Palin has responded on her Facebook page (excerpted):
Now that the American people are calling him out on his lack of engagement with this disaster, the buck-passing is in full swing – and, unbelievably, his administration is still looking to blame his predecessor. Amazingly, even those of us who support energy independence for America are the brunt of some buck-passing.This is the problem when you elect a community organizer as President. They don't have the management or real world experience to take charge of a situation like this. Instead, it's always time to find some bogeyman to attack.
He suggested today that a “culture of corruption” at the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) was solely the previous administration’s responsibility and that the failure of the inspection system was a failure of that administration. That is false. The MMS has been his responsibility since January 20, 2009.
The MMS director who resigned today, Elizabeth Birnbaum, was appointed by his administration. And the most recent inspection of the oil rig took place a mere 10 days before the explosion – also very much on his watch, not President Bush’s.
The President is also now attempting to somehow distance himself from his administration’s recent decision to open a few areas of the continental shelf to oil and gas exploration. That’s unfortunate because America desperately needs our domestic oil and natural gas. We rely on it for our prosperity, security, and freedom. The President’s decision to open a few areas to offshore exploration was the right decision then; and unlike his quickly evolving position on energy development now, I continue to believe it’s the right decision today – because energy independence is in the long-term economic and security interests of the United States.
As I explained in an article in National Review last year, conventional sources like natural gas “can act as a clean ‘bridge fuel’ to a future when more renewable sources are available.” I do not, as the President mistakenly believes, think we can “drill,
baby, drill” our way out of all of our troubles. As I have consistently stated, we need an “all of the above” approach to energy independence that combines conventional drilling with energy conservation and renewable-energy development. My record in Alaska clearly shows my commitment to this “all of the above” approach. Over 20 percent of Alaska’s electricity currently comes from renewable sources. As governor, I put forward a long-term plan to increase that figure to 50 percent by 2025, which is the most ambitious renewable energy target in the nation. I take great pride in helping to make Alaska, in the words of the New York Times, “a Frontier for Green Power,” even as we continue to embrace the need to “drill, baby, drill” at the same time.